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Notes from Underground

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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1. Why would the Underground Man be pleased if people called him a “lazybones”?

2. When does the Underground Man visit Anton Antonych at home?

3. How does the Underground Man prepare for his confrontation with the officer in the park?

4. When do the other guests arrive at Zverkov’s dinner?

5. What does Liza show the Underground Man before he leaves the brothel?

6. What does the Underground Man think of the theory that, as civilization progresses, mankind becomes less likely to wage war?

7. Why does the Underground Man decide not to give Apollon his wages?

8. When the Underground Man was in school, how did he earn some respect from his fellow students?

9. For what does the Underground Man say he will make Liza “pay dearly”?

10. Why does the Underground Man call the second half of his memoir “Apropos of the Wet Snow”?

11. Why does the Underground Man dislike the idea of the Crystal Palace?

12. What does the Underground Man put in Liza’s hand before she leaves his apartment?

13. How does the Underground Man make amends for his behavior at Zverkov’s farewell dinner?

14. Why did the Underground Man’s one close friendship fall apart?

15. Why does the Underground Man think that active men stop pursuing their goals once they hit a wall?

16. Why does the Underground Man sleep with Liza at his apartment?

17. Why does the Underground Man think that sometimes 2 x 2 = 5 is better than 2 x 2 = 4?

18. Why did the Underground Man retire from his job in civil service?

19. Why was the Underground Man’s job so low-ranking?

20. Why does the Underground Man insist on going to dinner with Simonov and his friends?

21. Why does the Underground Man follow the other men to the brothel, despite all of the reasons to turn back?

22. Why does the Underground Man refuse to go to a doctor about his liver problem?

23. Why did the Underground Man spend a lot of his time reading when he was a young man?

24. Why does the Underground Man run into the street after Liza when she leaves his apartment?

25. Why does the Underground Man claim to address his audience in his Notes from Underground?

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I kept thinking to myself, "this reminds me of Blah," or "that is definitely Bleh", but now I think it's just me.

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